After a goalless first leg last week, this evening’s League One play-off semi-final between Sheffield United and Stevenage FC at Brammal Lane looks on paper to be finely balanced.
Stevenage are hoping to seal their third successive promotion, which would see them competing in the second tier of English fooball just two years after their debut in the Football League.
They are priced at 7/2 to record the victory in normal time which would take them once more to Wembley and cap off another remarkable season.
Yet putting all sentiment aside this should be a straightforward home victory for the Blades, who are hoping to follow their bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday in returning to the Championship. A home win in 90 minutes is priced at 18/25 and that looks like exceptional value.
With Brammall Lane seeing an average of 3.52 goals a game, evens for over 2.5 goals looks extremely generous and could see punters double their money.
Brammall Lane will be at its most intidimating tonight and during the course of the season the famous old stadium has been a fortress for Danny Wilson’s men.
The Blades’ record of 16 home wins was second only to Sheffield Wednesday’s in the division, with only three sides managing to beat them on their own patch.
These two teams did meet on the final day of the regular season with United scoring twice in the second half to salvage a 2-2 draw. But given what is at stake, and their excellent home record, that price of 18/25 looks exceedingly tempting.
Also well worth consideration is the price of evens for over 2.5 goals to be scored.
This bet paid out in both meetings between the sides in the regular campaign.
Significantly, Sheffield United are by far and away the top scorers both at home and over the course of the League One season as a whole.
And with Brammall Lane seeing an average of 3.52 goals a game, evens for over 2.5 goals looks extremely generous and could see punters double their money.
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Sheff Utd to win in normal time @ 18/25
Over 2.5 goals @ evens
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